Michigan News Digest

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TOP STORIES:

2020 CENSUS

ORLANDO, Fla. — If you’re a census slacker and haven’t yet filled out the form for the 2020 head count, the federal government is trying another way to get in touch with you. Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out millions of paper forms to homes whose residents haven’t yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire. About a month into the start of the 2020 census for most U.S. residents, the self-response rate is approaching half of all households. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are setting the pace with response rates over 50%. Alaska, West Virginia and New Mexico are lagging with response rates ranging between a quarter and a third of households. Mike Schneider. SENT: 789 words.

BUSINESS:

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BUSINESS FALLOUT

There are growing indications of a severe economic disruption from the pandemic, from national economies to small businesses. Still, companies are pushing forward to help where they can. On Wednesday, GM said it is providing 30,000 desperately needed ventilators to the U.S. at cost after reconfiguring factory floors. Markets continue to swing wildly. SENT: 800 words; photos and video.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-GENERAL MOTORS

DETROIT — The federal government will buy 30,000 ventilators from General Motors by the end of August for $489.4 million. GM says it will cover its costs but won’t make a profit on the devices, which will cost the Department of Health and Human Services just over $16,300 each. HHS says in a statement that the ventilators will be distributed to where they are needed most to treat coronavirus patients. GM will start by delivering 6,132 ventilators by June 1. On March 18, GM began working with Seattle-area ventilator maker Ventec Life Systems to increase the company’s production. The automaker is retooling an electronics factory in Kokomo, Indiana, to build the devices. SENT: 225 words.

FIAT CHRYSLER RECALL

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 365,000 vehicles mainly in North America because the rear view camera image can stay illuminated longer than allowed. The recall covers certain Ram pickups and Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, and Jeep Renegade vans and SUVs from 2019 and 2020. Also included are certain 2020 Jeep Gladiator and Cherokee SUVs, and 2019 Dodge Challenger muscle cars. All have 8.4-inch or 12-inch radio displays. The displays can stay illuminated for more than 10 seconds after the vehicles are shifted out of reverse. This can distract drivers. Owners will be notified starting May 22. Dealers will update software or it could be done over the Internet. SENT: 227 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — Latest developments in Michigan on the coronavirus pandemic.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-WOMAN’S PLEA

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — A nursing home resident in western Michigan who died from COVID-19 complications repeatedly asked her Amazon Echo for help with pain. LouAnn Dagen died Saturday after arriving at Mercy Health St. Mary’s hospital in Grand Rapids. Her sister, Penny Dagen, discovered recordings and shared them with WOOD-TV. SENT: 240 words.

SPORTS:

BBC–VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BASEBALL

College baseball stands to benefit from Major League Baseball’s decision to shorten its 2020 draft to as few as five rounds and limit signing bonuses for undrafted free agents to $20,000. The college game also will have older and more experienced players because of the NCAA’s decision to allow players whose season was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic to return to school in 2021 with the same eligibility standing as in 2020. Michigan coach Erik Bakich says the talent level in the college game could be the deepest ever. By Eric Olson. SENT: 747 words, photos.

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